Billy Graham wrote a letter to the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani. He’s asking him to release American Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison. As Billy Graham put it, Abedini “…was in Iran working to build an orphanage when he was arrested and later sentenced to eight years in prison. His situation has been receiving an increasingly high level of attention in the United States. Unfortunately this publicity has been entirely negative for Iran, with the belief that the primary reason for Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment was because of his Christian faith.” (Graham, Letter to Iran’s President, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
According to his wife, Abedini has been tortured to force him to renounce his faith in Christ and to return to Islam. She also said, he has led over thirty people to Christ since he was put in prison. (Naghmeh Abedini, Persecuted Pastor, Charisma News)
A copy of Billy Graham’s original letter is below.
I guess we’ll see how serious Rouhani is about peace with the West.
Please remember Pastor Saeed Abedini in your prayers.
[Image of American Pastor Saeed and his family via Robert Daly – Creative Commons]